Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Discipline

Arts and Science


In observing our surroundings or in comparing one community with another, one is often made to wonder as to how certain phases of our surroundings or community come to be. Did these things just happen or is there some definite law as to the order of things? In observing the spatial and sustenance position of the population of a community one often wonders as to how this person came to live in this community? Why Is the population larger in this community than in another? Why is it that the population in this community is concentrated on one side of the community? What is it that makes it possible for this institution to thrive in this community whereas in J another its life is snuffed out? These are just a few of the many questions that often confront students of sociology who are interested in the various elements of the population and the arrangement of these elements in the community. The importance of these questions and the efforts of various sociologists to explain them gave rise to a new school of thought in sociology. The school of Human Ecology. "Human Ecology is defined as a study of the spatial and temporal relations of human beings as affected by selective, distributive, and accommodative forces of the environment."1 As a basis for dealing with their problem the ecologists seek to make a distinction between the two concepts, "community" and"society".

Committee Chair/Advisor

Henry Allen Bullock


Prairie View State Normal And Industrial College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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